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#1 of 29 Old 10-30-2010, 02:20 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have an ERGO that I LOVE and a moby wrap that I like. I use them for different situations. I always use the ERGO when we go out. And I usually use the Moby around the house.
I am looking to add one more carrier to my stash. What do you recommend? I want to have a well rounded stash! lol
My baby girl is 4months old. Should I try a ring sling?...etc. Any advice would be appreciated. I have no idea what I should invest in.
What is your favorite carrier (style/brand)?

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My new Beco Gemini arrived yesterday and I love it but if you already have, and love, an Ergo then the Beco would be doubling up really.

I don't love the one shoulder carriers as J gets heavier (she's 5.5 months). I find my shoulder hurts very quickly.

I'd probably go with a woven wrap. We have Gypsy Mama Bali Breezes because they are the lightest/coolest ones I could find but, if I lived in a cool climate I would go with something softer. I find the gauze a bit rough, although J doesn't seem to mind.

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My new Beco Gemini arrived yesterday and I love it but if you already have, and love, an Ergo then the Beco would be doubling up really.

I don't love the one shoulder carriers as J gets heavier (she's 5.5 months). I find my shoulder hurts very quickly.

I'd probably go with a woven wrap. We have Gypsy Mama Bali Breezes because they are the lightest/coolest ones I could find but, if I lived in a cool climate I would go with something softer. I find the gauze a bit rough, although J doesn't seem to mind.

ETA - oops, you said pick two carriers, so I would pick a Beco Gemini and a woven wrap in a nice soft, light fabric.

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My Moby and my Mei Tai,

I have/going to have winter babies though, if the next (next) one is a summer baby I might change it to a light stretchy wrap.

I couldn't get into the sling carriers, I need the weight on both shoulders.

I also haven't tried the Ergo...so maybe I'm bias.

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Well, IME the Moby has a limited life. I loved mine, but by 3 mos could no longer use it, he was too heavy.

Since you like the Ergo, i'd go w a woven wrap and a RS. RS are tough for long periods once they're heavier because the weight isnt well distributed, but its much quicker to use when you only need it for 5 minutes. And the wrap gives you versatility.

But my fave is the onbuhimo, if the Ergo didnt work so well for you, thats what i would recommend.

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For a 4 MO, the two carriers I'd want would be a ring sling and a SSC. But I also think having a mai tei and a pouch is helpful too. They each serve a different purpose. I like ring slings for the ease of use and quick in/out, SSC for back carries, mai tei for a comfy two shoulder front carry, and a pouch for the diaper bag for quick carries at the spur of the moment.

I never could get into the wrapping thing, but I know lots of people who are wrap fanatics. It was just too much for me.
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If I were you I would consider adding a ring sling. They are really practical to have in addition to a SSC like your Ergo.

I have a lightly padded Maya wrap RS as part of my carrier collection and there are times that it is perfect.
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My Kozy and size 6 Hopp woven wrap. I realized that I can go from birth to 3 with these! I love using a the double hammock back carry with the hop for my 2 year old, I never thought anything could beat a mei tai with back carries for me, but that definitely did it!

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If I had to whittle down my stash to two, it would be a SSC (Ergo or Beco) & a RS.

That's what I travel with, in fact, for my 3.5yo & 5mo. In a pinch, the baby can be in the RS & the kid in the Ergo on my DH's back.

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Oh yay! Lot's of great advice. I do need something that is quick. So maybe a ring sling like some of you mentioned. The moby still works for us..my LO is 15lbs and it doesn't really sag yet. However, I am in the need for something really quick and easy with no wrapping that I could just throw on and put her in and be done... So, I will look into a ring sling. I look at some of those brands you gals mentioned.

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Ergo for a bigger kid, for DS or others like MIL to wear (small learning curve, unlike ring slings & wraps).
Wrapsodhy Baby Bali Breeze gauze wrap. I love wraps!!!! Super comfy, great for a newborn to be 'swaddled', can do a variety of carrys. The Gauze is so cool in the summer, really great.

I have a Moby & love it too, but it's too hot for summer & not supportive enough for a heavier kid or back carry. I also have ring slings which I love for a hip carry. But if I had to chose only 2, it would be Ergo & gauze wrap.
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My top two are my Beco Butterfly and Scootababy.

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My Ergo and my stoch wrap. Definitely.
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a maya ring sling for newborn times and an ergo after that!

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Elastic wrap and Mei Tai would be my choices if it had to be only two from the start.
But with a 4 month old, my choices would be woven wrap and MT.

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If I had to pick two... it'd be Beco Gemini and a woven wrap. I LOVE my ring sling and use it all the time on errands and such, but if I only get two... woven wrap. if you like Moby, you'll love a woven. Check out Vantanai...aren't you in SoCal?? Perfect! : - )
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I love my babyhawk mei tei for my 7 m.o - since he was baout 4 months. We mostly do front carry and are working on learning back carry- but in front carry it is so comfy for me and ds relaxes in it, and we can walk far distances w- out getting tired. It is also so pretty.
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I'm in love with my wraps right now. So I'd say, a stretchy wrap and a woven wrap.

I do like the ring sling for quick trips in and out of the store (before baby can sit in the cart)

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By the time my 2 year old was 6 months we'd whittled it down to one! We used the Babyhawk until he was a year, then switched to a toddlerhawk (he would bend over backwards, he's really tall and I have been afraid he would fall out). When he was very small I used a stretchy wrap, and for a while I had a woven wrap, too, but the Toddlerhawk beats them all for us!

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hotsling and babyhawk. although the kozy is much nicer for older kids
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woven wrap and whatever Asian style carrier you like best

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MT and woven wrap. One shouldered carriers don't work for us. I still occasionally used the woven wrap w/ our 4yo.
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Moby for the first year
Ergo for the second

me, dh and 2 boys = our family (oh and a cat...who is also a male...lol)
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If I had to cut my stash down to 2 I'd have 2 woven wraps, a long one and a short one

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Moby for the first year
Ergo for the second
haha i obviously did NOT read the whole post before posting exactly what you already have lol sorry! They are the best two in my opinion though!

me, dh and 2 boys = our family (oh and a cat...who is also a male...lol)
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My Ergo and Kozy MT I love the same, and then I really love my BaliBreeze wrap. DS2 is 6 months old and over 20 lbs, but he still fits comfortably in the wrap.


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Moby or Sleepywrap for newborn/small infant stage, and then a MT or 1/2 buckle Kindercarry for older stages. smile.gif


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I like ring slings for the first month or two, but after that it's SSC's all the way for me.  I'm not a carrier collector, I only keep around what I love and use every day.  My stash consists of two "standard" sized SSC's, one toddler (well, if the mailman ever gets here today) SSC and one ring sling.  I don't really use the RS that often, just for quick carries (although I can get a baby on my back in a SSC faster than I can get one in a pouch or RS).  I also use it to take the kids to the pool because I'm not terribly worried about it getting wet/stolen/etc.  

 

 


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